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Men jailed over Blackpool flat stab murder

David Burke (l) and Raymond Hughes (r) (Pic: Lancashire Police)
David Burke and Raymond Hughes were jailed over David Clarke's death

Two men have been jailed after being found guilty of murdering a man in his Lancashire home.

David Clarke, 45, was found with multiple stab wounds at the property in Newby Place, in Mereside, Blackpool, on 16 May, Preston Crown Court heard.

Raymond Hughes, 39, of Troutbeck Crescent, Mereside, must serve a minimum term of 22 years and 135 days.

David Burke, 34, of Branstree Road, Mereside, was jailed for a minimum term of 24 years and 364 days.

'Frenzied attack'

Det Ch Insp Mark Rothwell, from Lancashire Police, said: "This has been a very difficult case and I am pleased to finally reach this outcome.

David Clarke (Pic: Lancashire Police)
Mr Clarke was stabbed to death at the property in Blackpool

"Hughes and Burke inflicted Mr Clarke to a violent and frenzied attack, their intention was to rob him of a small amount of property and Burke also bore a grudge against him from a previous incident that occurred about seven years ago.

"I would also like to pay tribute to Mr Clarke's family. It has been an incredibly difficult time for them and they have conducted themselves with dignity throughout this ordeal."

Scott Thompson, of Newby Place, was also accused of murder but case was withdrawn after the CPS offered no evidence.

A 37-year-old woman was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice. She was jailed for 20 months.



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